Tuesday Talkback - The Prog Edition
Opening day, opening moan:
"Prog. The Prog? OK, I guess it could be worse. But come on, Progressive. You're still a part of Cleveland, even in Mayfield Heights. It's the Cleveland Indians. Show some well-placed spirit and change the logo to reflect our home. And the city that has done so much for you." — Cleveland
Change the logo to reflect our home? What is this person talking about? The logo? The Progressive Field logo? Did the Jacobs Field logo "reflect our home"?
Well, the old logo didn't mention Cleveland. The old signage did say "Home of the Cleveland Indians" on it. But is that all this guy means?
The new logo doesn't say Cleveland on it... It says Indians, but no Cleveland. Ah. So that's his moan. Sheesh.
Well here's mine. I don't think I like calling it "The Prog." Although I'm sure Progressive doesn't want anyone calling it that -- because they don't market themselves as "Prog" but as "Progressive." So, I guess if you want to dilute the value of the money they spent renaming the place, go ahead and call it The Prog.
To me, the only thing that feels awkward about it is that it isn't the original name. You call a place one name for 14 years, then suddenly you are supposed to call it something else. But is that really so strange? Other buildings get their names changed, around our city too -- the Sohio Tower became the BP Tower, for example. And people change their names -- especially women when they marry -- and we get used to it. That isn't so strange. But it isn't done for cash. It isn't like Paris Hilton ever opened her name for bidding to competing hotel chains. But Paris Hotel 6 seems strangely appropriate.